The Volkskrant TV Committee for Friday 29 April

Rosamund Pike in a private war

Rescues Private Ryan

RTL 7, 20.30

(War, Steven Spielberg, 1998) Five Oscar-winning WWII epics in which Spielberg wrote film history as an inventor of the way the violence of war is portrayed. The first 25 minutes and the last fifteen minutes give the film that status. Thoughts about the battlefield on Omaha Beach are na Rescues Private Ryan forever colored with Spielberg’s fiction. The details of fearful heads just before the attack, the break of fear, the torn limbs, the sound of a bullet penetrating both helmet and head, the chaos of sound and image.

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.  Picture

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.

The cut guest

NPO 2, 21.02

Glenn Helberg, born on Curaçao, is not only a psychiatrist but also an activist committed to the position of the Antilleans in Dutch society. He also stands up for the LGBTI community and Curaçao’s LGBTI people in particular. It received the Helberg Jos Brink Prize for last year, where the jury described him as ‘the mental heather of the queer society’. Helberg takes a seat in the hairdressing chair at Özcan Akyol for a good conversation.

Anden Hans

NPO 1, 21.29

Retiring is something Hans is not looking forward to at all. Still, he has to believe it when the garden center where he works is taken over. In the light-hearted drama series Tweede Hans from Omroep Max, Hans (Stefan de Walle) gets an offer that he cannot refuse. However, enjoying his peace is an art that he does not master. Since his Ph.D. Marleen (Jacqueline Blom) has been too busy spending a lot of time with her husband, so traveling together is out of the question. Hans falls into a black hole and is desperately looking for something to do.


NPO 2, 22.20

Does man have a sixth sense beyond sight, hearing, taste, smell and feeling? In the latest section of Incentives Elisabeth van Nimwegen and Dirk de Bekker try to put their finger on what we call intuition: a feeling that seems to exist independently of our senses. Do we have an organ of intuition, or is intuition the way we give meaning to unconsciously perceived stimuli? At a nursing home, De Bekker examines emotional communication with animals, and Van Nimwegen examines the extent to which police officers trust intuition.

A private war

NPO 3, 23:02

(Biography, Matthew Heineman, 2018) Beautiful monument to the American war journalist Marie Colvin, who died in 2012 at the age of 56 in the Syrian city of Holms. Murder committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Colvin was in Homs to show that the bombings of the Syrian government killed tens of thousands of civilians, not just insurgents, as Assad claimed. Heineman’s direction underscores Colvin’s work, but also shows her private concerns. In this way, Heineman avoids the macho lichens that characterize many films about war correspondents. Without effect brings A private war the high tension that Colvin had to work impressively close to while Rosamund Pike gets deep into her character’s skin.

Where the wild things are

SBS 9, 23.00.

(Fantasy, Spike Jonze, 2009) Fantastic film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s childhood classic (1963). What’s left of the initial, yet realistic beginning of Where the wild things are is the empty house that the sensitive Max ends up in, with no father or mother to comfort him or share his feelings with. It only makes sense that he takes off a little later, to an island where he immerses himself in the company of a group of funny, scandalous monsters who live like a hippie colony but in reality desperately need guidance.

Max shoots in Where the Wild Things Are.  Picture

Max shoots in Where the Wild Things Are.

The downfall

(War drama, Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004) In the last days of the war, Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) entrenched himself under the Chancellery with some generals and confidants. As the situation escalates outside, Hitler undergoes the collapse of his Third Reich within the walls of his bunker. The film is based on the memoirs of Hitler’s secretary Traudl Junge and makes the viewer a sneaky witness to these oppressive moments. Ganz is great in his role as Hitler. He shows his monstrous and human sides, but above all his furious madness.

NPO 2, 23:59

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